All-news radio has returned to the Wasatch Front. KLZX-AM stopped simulcasting the "Z-93" classic rock format Tuesday and became KAPN - a 24-hour-a-day news station with Associated Press Newsworld.
Leonard Smart, vice president/general manager, said the new station will provide current world and national news, as well as financial and business reports."We're in the early stages," Smart said, explaining he's not ready to heavily advertise the new station until he's certain any possible glitches are overcome.
"Hopefully it will give KSL and other stations some competition," he said.
Smart, who is also the general manager for sister stations KLZX and KCNR (AM-1320), said he plans to cross-promote KAPN with KCRN. He will advertise the two stations in combination as "Super News/talk."
He said listeners can tune into AM-860 and hear the news reports and then switch to AM-1320 to hear commentary and opinions on current issues.
Smart said AP Radio is a growing national syndicated format designed specifically for radio, unlike CNN News, which simulcasts its TV signal on radio, resulting in some references to pictures being made on radio.
Target audience for KAPN is adults, ages 25-54.
Somewhat ironically, Salt Lake City has been without an all-news station since last year, when KCNR switched to all-talk. Its former CNN news-based format started in 1990 and had excellent ratings through the Persian Gulf War.
- Sister station KCNR has a surprisingly strong and loyal audience. For example, more than 4,000 listeners called to RSVP attendance at the station's first anniversary and celebrity bash on Labor Day. Smart said he was surprised because total daily attendance at the event in Murray Park was more than 5,000.
- KRSP (alias "Arrow 103.5," FM) - An estimated 2,500 golfers, including Utah sports and media celebrities, will participate in the "Arrow 103.5 Million Dollar Shootout" to benefit the Glendale Youth Recreation Center Sept. 12-17 at Glendale Golf Course.
"We are excited and proud to present Utah's first-ever million-dollar hole-in-one contest," said Ken Bell, station promotions director. "This event generates fun for participants and funds for the Glendale Youth Recreation Center, and you simply can't beat an opportunity like that."
Regardless of skill level, this contest provides any golfer with an opportunity to hit the ball in a closest-to-the-pin contest and a chance to win $1 million. Golfers will pay $1 per ball and shoot at a special green 170 yards away. The top four golfers Monday through Friday and the top five on Saturday morning - those who are closest to the hole - will compete in Saturday afternoon's finals. Any golfer who hits a hole-in-one in the finals wins the $1 million prize.
"We would love to see someone make a hole-in-one during Saturday's finals," said Greg Reid, event director. "Glendale would share in the winner's proceeds," he said, explaining the youth center would receive 10 percent, with the winner taking home 90 percent of the $1 million (240 equal installments) for the next 20 years.
In addition to the Million Dollar Hole, there will be a 135-yard hole that offers a $50,000 automobile shopping spree at any Rick Warner dealership. There will also be an 80-yard hole for kids only that has a mini Indy-style go-cart on the line - not just for a hole-in-one, but for the youngster closest to the hole.
- KUER (FM-90.1) has hired Maria Titze as a new reporter. A Snow College graduate and a University of Utah journalism student, she has won numerous awards, including the Hearst Journalism Award Championship in 1994.
- "Rip Van Winkle," with Anjelica Huston, will be the presentation at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, on KUER's "Rabbit Ears Radio."
"Baseball Radio Features" is a new nine-episode miniseries to air on KUER Sept. 16-28 at 7:30 a.m. daily. Each five-minute daily segment will focus on America's national pastime.
- KZHT (FM-94.9) - Ron Harrison made his morning debut on the station on Labor Day. His partner is known simply as "Gary the Pollock"; "Sky Bleu" is doing sports. Harrison also has "Heimi" doing man-on-the-street interviews, and "Radar" is the producer.
- In other station news, the Enterprise has reported that the purchase price of KZHT was $1.1 million in its bankruptcy sale from Golden Bear One Corp. to Salt Lake's D&B Broadcasting.
- MDA TELETHON was staffed with numerous radio people helping out on the local portion of the Labor Day Jerry Lewis fund-raiser on KTVX, Ch. 4. KBER and personalities Mick Martin, Allen Handy and Helmet Von Schmidt brought in a check for $2,900 from listeners. Scott and Peggy from KSFI were hosts in the jail portion of the Salt Lake telethon, and "Gary and Scotty" and "Gentleman Jim" from KKAT also appeared on the telethon. Other stations with personalities working at the annual event were KRGQ and KISN-AM.
- KBZN (alias "The Breeze," FM-97.9) will feature Michael Garrison on the Sunday, Sept. 11, "Musical Starstreams" (8-10 a.m.). Later in the day, Norman Brown will be the guest on "Jazz Trax," 7 p.m.-midnight.
- Here's a schedule for the station's "10 O'Clock CD" show:
Monday, Sept. 12: a new CD; Tuesday, Sept. 13: "Cross Currents," by Richard Souther; Wednesday, Sept. 14: "David Koz," by David Koz; Thursday, Sept. 15: "Voices in the Wind," by Wind Machine; Friday, Sept. 16: "Kid Gloves," by Larry Carlton.
- RADIO HAPPENINGS - "Gary and Scotty" on KKAT discussed new cable TV channels Tuesday. They also gave away a trip to Los Angeles Sept. 9 and had their "Hot Knob" character on the air a lot this week . . . .
"Jon and Dan" on KLZX gave away ZZ Top tickets this week. They proclaimed Tuesday "Beard Day," and the next day they were hyping the Utah State Fair with trivia questions and ticket giveaways . . . . KRSP gave away tickets to the Moody Blues this week . . . .
Allen and Mick on KBER awarded tickets to Wild West Paint Ball Tuesday. Wednesday was another "Win a Woman Day," and they had their contestant live in the studio to choose her date . . . . "The Wakeup Club" on KVRI had another history quiz Tuesday. The next day, they asked listeners what the "Eleventh Commandment" should be.
Ron Harrison on KZHT took calls from female listeners Tuesday about what they're looking for in men . . . . Robin Morales, former morning co-host on KMXB, said she's hoping to stay in this market and is currently seeking employment opportunities at other radio stations . . . .
"Fisher and Todd" on KISN-FM asked listeners about their dreams Wednesday . . . . Kerry and Bill on KXRK will broadcast live from Trolley Square Friday. The DJs also promoted the State Fair this week and had a country music question Wednesday, with the winner receiving fair tickets. On Thursday, they had another "Cowboy Poetry" segment . . . .
Bob Lee, KSL midday host, talked Wednesday about states that regularly publish the names and crimes of recently released prison inmates to the public . . . .
Tom Barberi on KALL talked about guns, militias and a related public service announcement this week. A guest was M. Samuel Sherwood of the United States Militia Association of Blackfoot, Idaho. On Monday, Bill Marcroft was the guest host for Barberi on the Labor Day holiday . . . .
Mark and Danny on KDYL honored two listeners, Robert and Jacqueline, for their 37th wedding anniversary Wednesday . . . . Hans Petersen on KUMT had a special guest Wednesday - the man who started Earth Day.